Philosophy of Biology: Evolution's Laboratory

PHIL-226 (Penn Global Seminar)

Michael Weisberg

Tuesday/Thursday, 12:00-1:30PM

This course consists of a detailed examination of evolutionary theory and its philosophical foundations. The course begins with a consideration of Darwin's formulation of evolutionary theory and the main influences on Darwin. We will then consider two contemporary presentations of the theory: Richard Dawkins' and Richard Lewontin's. The remainder of the course will deal with a number of foundational issues including adaptation, the units of selections, the evolution of altruism, and the possibility of grounding ethics in evolutionary theory.

Fall 2018